Driver Rehabilitation - Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
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Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital

 

Driver Rehabilitation

Driver Rehabilitation is a specialty of Kinesiotherapy and an integral part of the TBI/Polytrauma team.

Hines’ Driver Rehabilitation Program is one of the most highly regarded programs for Veterans in the state of Illinois. The program provides evaluation for the Veteran’s driving skills  and rehabilitation as needed to enable the Veteran to resume or continue driving safely in accordance with Illinois Department of Motor Vehicle regulations.

The evaluation consists of a clinical assessment, including review of driving history, driving needs, and license status; review of medical history and medications; visual/perceptual assessment; assessment of range of motion, muscular strength, coordination, sensation, and reaction time; and cognitive assessment.
 
A functional "on-the-road" assessment includes assessment of vehicle entry and exit; mobility aid management ( e.g., ability to transport a wheelchair or scooter); vehicle preparation; vehicle control; adherence to traffic rules and regulations; environmental awareness and interpretation; and consistent use of compensatory strategies for visual, cognitive, physical, and behavioral impairments.

Treatment and intervention may include driving instruction with or without adaptive equipment. Also included are vehicle assessment, vehicle modifications, and equipment needed for the client's safe transport as the primary driver or as a passenger.

Low Vision

Hines’ VA Driver Rehabilitation Program is the only VA Hospital in Illinois that includes a low vision program, a highly specialized component of the driving program. The Driver Rehabilitation Specialist and Vision Specialists evaluate and train individuals who are not able to meet Illinois State driving requirements using conventional corrective lenses.

Contact Info

Location

  • Bldg. 228 Rm. 5012

Contact Number(s)

  • 708-202-8387 Ext. 24382

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm